Porsche’s Electric Version Of The Macan Is Finally Out On The Road

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After initial rounds of testing at the grounds of the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Germany, the all-electric Macan is now ready to hit the roads.

According to Inverse, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model in the US, with its electric version slated to hit the markets by 2023. It’s touted to be the direct rival to Tesla’s Model Y, which will also reach consumers at a similar time.

By the time the all-electric Macan is available to consumers, Porsche says it’ll have covered approximately three million test kilometers (nearly two million miles) worldwide, in varying conditions.

“Testing in a real-life environment is now getting underway – one of the most important milestones in the development process,” said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.

Porsche first developed the car using digital prototypes, which involved computational models of the vehicle replicating its properties, systems, and power units to a high degree of accuracy. This allowed the automaker to save resources that would typically go into building a physical prototype.

The virtual prototypes were combined with real-world scenarios from an early stage to anticipate situations its drivers might find themselves in. This allowed Porsche to study the interactions between driver and vehicle down to the most minute detail, enabling it to optimize specs for when the physical cockpit is built.

“Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures, and the changing influences during a journey from the driver’s point of view,”explained Fabian Klausmann, from Porsche’s Driver Experience Development department.

Apart from digital testing, Porsche will also be putting the all-electric Macan to test in real-life conditions. It will undergo a test program under the extremes of climatic and topographical conditions, including experiments related to the charging and conditioning of the vehicle’s battery.

Undoubtedly, the automaker is aiming to be among the best in the electric vehicle field. It promises long-distance range, fast charging, and best-in-class specs.

“The all-electric Macan will be the sportiest model in its segment,” said Steiner.

One thing to note, however, is that Porsche is only sharing pictures of the camouflaged car, meaning its final look is still a secret.

Image via Porsche

Image via Porsche

Image via Porsche

Image via Porsche

[via Inverse, images via Porsche] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414006/Porsche-s-Electric-Version-Of-The-Macan-Is-Finally-Out-On-The-Road/

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